Five questions for former Walk The Moon member, who plays The Woodlands June 22.
Brooklyn artist Yoke Lore knows what it feels like to Walk the Moon. Yet he’s a virgin when it comes to exploring the First State.
That’ll change for the Brooklyn singer-songwriter when he makes his Woodlands debut at Firefly on the South Hub stage June 22. He’ll play a second set that evening on the Toyota Music Den stage.
Armed with a styling of indie pop, Yoke Lore is a solo project by Adrian Galvin, who’s a former drummer of indie band Walk the Moon, a group that will also play Firefly this summer.
Galvin is touting his latest single, “Chin Up,” and he’s set to release his new EP, “Meditations,” with pre-orders for that CD shipping on or before June 14, when purchased from yokelore.com.
For those who may not be fans yet, describe your music in 10 words or less.
Gentle sweeps of smooth grit to sink your heart into.
How did you come up with your name?
I used to teach yoga, and the word yoga means “to bind,'” and the philosophy is basically that the more connections you make with your own body, the more integrity and fortitude you can build into your physical life.
And I happen to believe in working from the outside in. I believe that when you train the physical form to operate with balance and measure, it not only stabilizes the body, but it deeply affects a person’s life, too. So I believe that all connections make things stronger, more interesting and more useful.
A yoke is a binding agent. And lore refers to a set of stories. I'm interested in telling stories about how things and people and ideas are bound together, and how those connections can make us all better.
What have you heard about Delaware?
I have been through Delaware plenty of times, but have never stopped, which I see now was a huge mistake. And I've heard lots about your river and that you guys were the first state, but I guess I need the inside scoop when I get there.
What are some of the key sacrifices you've made to get to where you're at?
I am and have always been a lucky man. I haven't had to sacrifice a ton, or maybe I'm lucky because I don't see those moments as sacrificial, but more as productive. I've always known I had to make music. Everything else has been a necessary step in the process that got me here. Other bands, jobs, and [other] interests [are things] I really see as essential aspects of the human-making process that all artists draw from to create meaning.
What's a question you wish more people would ask you?
I see a lot of what I do as being informed by things other than music. Lots of times I get asked about my musical inspirations, and I'm obviously inspired by lots of incredible music, but it's more my life that has given me the perspective to be able to offer people something of value; it's not because I listened to “OK Computer” a billion times. So I guess I'm interested in exploring more about my interests outside of music that have and continue to influence what I create.